Street Outreach Worker (Temporary)


About the organization

ABOUT YOUTHCARE: YouthCare builds confidence and self-sufficiency for homeless youth ages 12-24 by providing a continuum of care that includes homelessness prevention, street outreach, basic services, emergency shelter, housing, counseling, education, and employment training. Founded in 1974 as a three-bed emergency shelter program, our continuum now operates across nine locations and a variety of community-based partnerships. Several of our programs are national models, and we are a leader locally and across the country in serving runaway and homeless youth, as well as young people who have experienced sexual exploitation.


POSITION SUMMARY: Under the supervision of the Street Outreach Supervisor, the Street Outreach Worker engages youth ages 12-24 living on the streets or in unauthorized encampments, and provides them basic needs, education, referrals, and safety planning. This position will regularly visit unauthorized encampments with a partner to conduct street outreach, provide supports, collect data, and report on outcomes.

- Engage youth living on the streets or in unauthorized encampments in areas assigned by the Street Outreach Supervisor
- Build trust and rapport with homeless youth on the street, and encourage youth movement from outside to emergency services, case management, education, and employment programming
- Identify the barriers that are preventing youth from accessing shelter, and help them develop safety plans.
- Conduct daily street outreach on foot in various weather conditions, while carrying up to 40lbs
- Provide de-escalation, crisis intervention, and basic counseling services
- Develop relationships and collaborate with other community agencies to facilitate contacts and services for youth
- Refer youth to appropriate and necessary services
- Complete necessary paperwork and data collection
- Participate in regular supervision, clinical consultations, weekly staff meetings, as well as community-based outreach meetings


- Two or more years of successful work with homeless youth, sexually exploited youth, or high-risk youth populations
- Demonstrated ability to build trust and rapport with homeless youth and youth who have experienced sexual exploitation or are at risk
- Familiar and comfortable with engaging youth on the streets and utilizing a harm reduction approach in response to sexual activity, drug use, and other potentially risky behaviors
- Ability to work as a member of the team that encourages personal and professional growth
- High School Diploma, or GED
- Experience and credentials must comply with program contract requirements including but not limited to DSHS background check and must be at least 21 years of age

- Able to drive YouthCare vehicles, possess a valid Washington State Driver’s License, successfully pass required Defensive Driving Course, and meet driving criteria established by the agency and its insurance carrier
- Bachelor’s degree in Education, Social work, or related field, or three years of successful experience with youth in a crisis or outreach setting
- One year of experience conducting street outreach or related experience
- Fluency in Spanish or highly proficient level of Spanish-speaking ability
- Experience working with families in crisis


$19.49 per hour

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